Damage happens. There are a lot of things working against you and your curls. Over time, curls can fall victim to heat, the environment, and chemical treatment, among other things. You don't have to take damage lying down. Here's how to take care of your damaged curls.
How To Take Care Of Your Damaged Curls
Damaged curls are most likely in desperate need of moisture. When curls split, it allows for moisture to escape from the cuticle. Make sure you're regularly spritzing curls with a leave in conditioner, curl refreshing spray, or even plain old water. Follow up with regular deep conditioning treatments to help soften strands and give curls an influx of moisture.
Consider using oils or butters to help seal in moisture. Damaged strands will struggle to retain moisture on their own. After hydrating, make sure you're locking that moisture in. Shea butter and olive oil both made excellent sealants.
Curls that have become damaged are often lacking in protein. As a result, you'll need to use a protein treatment to help them out. There are a wide variety out there on the market, so make sure to select the appropriate kind for your curls and their needs.
Skipping trims is one of the worst things that can be done for damaged curls. After the hair has split, it can't be fixed so it will need to be cut off to allow for fresh hair to grow. Stay on top of trims to avoid having to cut a lot of length off your curls. A good rule of thumb to follow is scheduling an appointment every 6 – 8 weeks to get all those dead ends off.
In some cases, the damage to curls can be pretty significant. In that case, it might be worthwhile to consider getting a shorter cut to remove all of the dead strands. This will allow for healthy hair to grow back in without strands continuing to split.